Author’s Biography



John Campbell is the co-founder and chair of Campbell Lutyens, an international private equity and infrastructure advisory house. He was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, lived in Jesmond close to the childhood home of Haldane’s mother, and was educated at The King’s School Canterbury and at the University of Cambridge, where he read economics, winning an exhibition at Sidney Sussex College for his work in economic history. He began his career in corporate finance at N.M. Rothschild. He and his wife, Shellard, have three children, Milo, Coco and Rollo, four grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. Campbell has long been inspired by Lord Haldane’s example having first visited Haldane’s Scottish home, Cloan in Perthshire, at the age of twelve. The book has been many years in planning and gestation.



Acknowledgments by author John Campbell

RICHARD McLauchlan


Richard McLauchlan was John Campbell’s collaborator on the book and made an exceptional contribution. Richard was educated at Haldane’s alma mater, The Edinburgh Academy, and at the Universities of St Andrews and Cambridge. His doctoral work on the poet R.S. Thomas was published as “Saturday’s Silence” in 2016 by the Haldane-inspired University of Wales Press. He co-founded the Scottish educational charity Light Up Learning and is now a freelance researcher and writer. Richard worked tirelessly alongside Campbell for the last five years of his journey in the footsteps of Haldane to bring Haldane vividly to life.

Following the publication of ‘Haldane: The Forgotten Statesman…’ Richard moved on to author ‘Serious Minds: The Extraordinary Haldanes of Cloan’. Published in 2022, also by Hurst, this book delves deeply into the wider Haldane of Cloan family from the age of Lord Haldane’s mother and his father, who acquired the small estate of Cloan in Perthshire in 1852, down to the present generation. Not least it provides additional context to elucidate the thinking and work of Lord Haldane. The Haldane family’s achievements, weaving nature and nurture into a fabulous idiosyncratic tweed, are breathtakingly wide-ranging and fascinating. Arguably Scotland’s foremost intellectual family, their achievements embrace philosophy, the law, public service, literature, academia and the natural and social sciences at the highest level.


Lex Nabarro of the U.S. communications and design firm Lexaeon worked with devotion on the visualisation and presentation of the Haldane story. The preparation and layout of the cover photograph of Haldane and the 104 pages of images comprising 176 individual photographs, many of which required restoration or enhancement, reflect Lex’s creative and assiduous work. Lexaeon also designed and created the website